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        The copper rose is an easy, affordable project that requires minimal time or tools to make.  
        I have always wanted to learn how to work with metal but never really had the tools or the time to practice making anything. So, when I finally found a project that is cheap, easy to make, and requires barely any tools, I started filling my house with them. These metal roses make awesome decorations for your house and even awesomer gifts to anyone worthy of your affection. 

As far as materials go, all you need is 2 small pieces of 22 gauge sheet metal (1 copper and 1 steel) and a steel rod measuring 1/4" in diameter and 1 foot in length. You can buy both at Home Depot.

And for tools you will need:
A hammer
2 pairs of pliers, 1 needle nose and 1 flat head
Tin snips
A drill with a 1/4" bit
A chisel
A file
And a friend with a welder

Step 1: Cut out pattern on paper

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          Print out the attached file of the petals onto an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The pattern should take up basically your whole sheet. Cut out the shapes given. On the petals, (the propeller looking thingees), cut down to the edge of the middle circle but don't detach the individual petals from the center circle.
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tivie11 made it!1 year ago

This was a great project to do. My wife absolutely loved it. Next time I think I'll add the candle holder leaves on the stem. Or maybe alternating metals like one of the posters before. Thanks for the excellent ideas!

spizzak made it!1 year ago

Great instructable! Here's one I made by alternating copper and brass with brass-rod stem and copper leaves.

Tip: I couldn't get the texturing with a chisel to work at all as it
kept bending the metal (although this worked real nice for the sepal and
leaves) so I ran the petals along my angle grinder with a cutting wheel
instead. This textured them nice and random, and it was pretty much
effortless too :)


I should mention that I used solder to secure the pedals, and a combination of wire wrapping and solder on the leaves.

nidanterry1 year ago
This was a first for me. Plan on making a few more. Thank you for the ideas.
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Here's mine. I'd made a couple steel ones but working with copper was a first for me so it was a lot of fun.
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vbow (author)  mybootsonfire1 year ago

That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing

Bowtie411 year ago
Don't list a "friend" with a welder!!!!Between my welder/torches,and my car hauling trailer,I have more friends than I can handle already!Just kidding,this is an awesome project,Very beautiful!
kdorais made it!2 months ago

Loved this Instructable! I used a thin aluminum sheet from home depot with a steel rod I had lying around. I painted the rose metallic gold and wire brushed the rod/stem. Since I don't have a welder, I used a combination of wire wrapping and big globs of super glue to secure the leaves :P Gave it to my girlfriend as a one-year gift! She absolutely loved it!

Lendss3 months ago
So beatiful! Here's mine
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areaser made it!6 months ago
i didn't have any copper so I made it out of aluminum siding
vbanaszak6 months ago

Copper is so wonderful to work with. It is my favorite. I am sure I'd love to work with silver or gold but I'd love to be rich too. LOL Anyway, if you have a small butane torch you can colorize your copper with heat. Just make sure once you get to the perfect color that you want that you quench it in ice water to stop the process.

Are you interested in selling them? I am interested in buying a few - love the metal roses but am not very good with metal myself.

Wow, I think this is the first project I've seen where so many people have made their own! Great work!

I used to make similar ones using thin mild steel that made for great gifts. I got pretty good at spray painting them but I have to say that the natural beauty of copper is perfect for this form. much easier on the fingers too I bet! excellent job and great instructable.

dorkpunch made it!6 months ago

A student of mine found this instructable and wanted to try it out. Took some work but it we got it worked out using 24g sheet metal. Turned out so nice I had to try making one too! Hard to see in the pics but there are some neat color patters added using the torch.


Epic job. I love it. Now I need to make me one.

NathanSellers6 months ago
This is beautiful.
gravityisweak6 months ago

I was wondering if instead of banging with a chisel to create the texture, how well would it work to use some very rough grit sandpaper to create the lines?

rlitwiński made it!6 months ago


andrewlybarger made it!1 year ago

Awesome project!

I used a heat gun, intending to soften the copper. I don't think it got any softer but I was able to get a pretty cool color change. It seemed to go from copper/orange -> red -> yellow -> silver-ish -> brown. I was using a sample pack of C110 copper so the layers are different thicknesses, from 0.016" for the inner most to 0.062" for the outer most. The variation in thickness made it easy to get different temperatures, and correspondingly different colors.

It's on a brass stem and I'm working on making brass leaves. Going to see if I can hide some 1 watt LED's under the leaves and make it a lamp.


managed to add brass leaves, an oak base, and while LEDs


Copper needs to reach 700F to anneal properly and should be a bright red or orange glow. A propane torch works great and allows precise softening of select areas. Other options are the burner on a gas stove, burners in a gas grill, charcoal grill, fireplace or fire pit with a small wood fire. If you are using a fireplace or fire pit it helps to tie a piece of steel wire or coat hanger to the part to use as a handle.

Copper work softens, when you heat it it actually gets harder.

the commoner6 months ago
Exactly what i was looking for!
DIYgiveaways6 months ago
Beautiful. Amazing work!
desertsniper6 months ago
I'm going to try this with brass and aluminum!
abby.manor.16 months ago
wow I love this
Nathanellis7 months ago
Really great instructions, thank you! Here are a couple I have made
AaronP68 months ago

These are great. I'm going to have a go and solder them to a picture light along with some leaves. A quick question... can I use 22 gauge stainless steel or does it need to be mild?

chillos8 months ago
seccond attempt
chillos8 months ago
what a brilliant project
AdrianQ made it!1 year ago

Lovely project. Some variations I applied:

I didn't weld or solder, but applied a short piece of thread to the stem with 2 nuts. To cover the nuts, I made 2 hemispheres with small clips inside that clamp the nut. With a small wire-hook I can pop them off, allowing me to disassemble the lot and clean the copper properly (I didn't fancy the application of transparant nail polish).

I also applied some texturing on the stem by hammering it all over with a cross pein hammer

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Very good mod on the original.
kenzeep made it!9 months ago

For my variation of your instructable I created a rose out of a length of copper pipe I found in the basement of the Darling Foundry in Montréal, Canada. The original pipe was just under one foot long with a one and a half inch diameter.

Kberndt87 made it!10 months ago

Here is my version :)
Planning on making a few more..

gabouuu11 months ago
thanks a lot this is great

This project is incredible!

I too, am from the group of people on this site who love projects like this, but don't have access to some of the more powerful tools (like a welder). That being said, this has inspired me! I went to home depot earlier to get the supplies, and found everything except for copper sheet metal, they don't carry it at my local store, so I'm going to substitute aluminum instead. Also because I don't have a welder, I'm going to give this a shot with two-part metal epoxy, to see if it works.

If all goes well, I'll post pictures after!

Hey, I'm basically in the sand position as you. Did the 2 part epoxy work by any chance

2 part epoxy worked for me. I used a hollow copper tube for the stem and hammered a nail through the copper petals and glued the nail into the hollow copper stem. It worked great and the only tools I really needed were the tin snips, texture tool, a nail, and sand paper to clean it up. No fire or electric needed.

Awesome instructable, it was easy to follow and my wife loved the results.

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